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Absolute music


"Absolute Music" is a musical album of Robert Musso.

  • released in (26 years ago)


"Absolute music" is a book by Daniel K. L. Chua.

  • also known as "Absolute music: and the construction of meaning"


Absolute music is music that is not explicitly "about" anything; in contrast to program music, it is non-representational. The idea of absolute music developed at the end of the 18th century in the writings of authors of early German Romanticism, such as Wilhelm Heinrich Wackenroder, Ludwig Tieck and E. T. A. Hoffmann but the term was not coined until 1846 where it was first used by Richard Wagner in a programme to Beethoven's Ninth Symphony.

  • also known as 绝对音乐

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Google previewThe Harvard Dictionary of Music (2003)

by Don Michael Randel

Absolute music [fr. Ger. absolute Musik. absolute Tonkumt}. Instrumental music that is "free of" [Lat. ahsolutus] any explicit or implied connection with, or reference to, extramusical reality. The term, little-used today, long served as a polemical ...

Google previewHistorical Dictionary of Romantic Music (2013)

by John Michael Cooper

ABSOLUTE MUSIC. (Fr., musique pure; Ger., absolute Musik.) Music that is considered to be free of (Lat. absolutus) any coherence, logic, or meaning that is not itself inherently and solely musical. Since it supposedly is neither inspired nor ...

Google previewThe American History and Encyclopedia of Music ... (1910)

by Edward Dickinson, George Whitfield Andrews, Arthur Foote, Janet M. Green, Emil Liebling, Josephine Thrall

absolute music Pure music: directly opposed to operatic and program music. This name is given to music which does not attempt to paint or portray anything tangible, ...

Google previewThe Complete Idiot's Guide Music Dictionary (2010)

by Dr. Stanford Felix

absolute music Music representing or describing nothing in particular. It uses no text and has no reference to images or stories. The opposite of program music.

Google previewThe Facts on File Dictionary of Music (2004)

by Christine Ammer

absolute music Also, abstract music.

Google previewThe Berklee Contemporary Dictionary of Music (2015)

by Kari Juusela

absolute music. Music composed with no extramusical, nonrepresentational intent. absolute pitch. See perfect pitch. abstract music.

Google previewMusic Dictionary (2008)

Paperback Lessons by Hal Leonard Corp.

absolute music: Music without associations outside itself, ...

Google previewGrove's Dictionary of Music and Musicians (1909)

by John Alexander Fuller-Maitland

The violin sonata is still absolute music, and is a favourable specimen of the composer's early works. When 'Aus Italien was first given in London, at one of Henschel's Symphony Concerts, some disappointment was felt at the work not being ...

Google previewThe Harvard Concise Dictionary of Music and Musicians (1999)

by Don Michael Randel

Absolute music [fr. Ger. absolute Musik, absolute Tonkunsi]. Instrumental music that is "free of" [Lat. absolutus] any explicit connection with words beyond simple indications of tempo and genre. The dichotomy between ...

Google previewThe Dictionary of Unfamiliar Words (2008)

by Diagram Group

Musical styles, genres and movements absolute music Music free of all reference to anything outside the essential nature of the music. The listener's attention is not distracted by lyric or association, and can therefore focus entirely on the ...

Google previewDictionary of philosophical terms (1997)

by Elmar Waibl

-> moral absolutes absolute music.

Google previewMini Music Guides: Dictionary of Music (2013)

All the Essential Terms, Composers, and Theory in an Easy-to-Follow Format! by L. C. Harnsberger

absolute music: Instrumental ...

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